Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

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'Winnie!' South Africa Says Farewell

Former wife of Nelson Mandela is celebrated at funeral, though legacy is mixed

(Newser) - Millions of South Africans said an emotional goodbye to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday during her official funeral, with supporters fiercely defending her complex legacy. Thousands of mourners packed a 40,000-seat stadium to celebrate the powerful figure who will be buried as a national hero, after lively debate... More »

Winnie Mandela Is Dead at 81

She was an anti-apartheid campaigner with husband Nelson

(Newser) - Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of South Africa's Nelson Mandela and an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, has died at age 81, reports the BBC . The two were married nearly 40 years, though Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for about 30 of those years. They divorced in 1996, and... More »

'Routine' Mandela Hospitalization Spawns Frenzy

Former South African president receiving many bedside visits

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela is in the hospital for the second day for what his office claims are routine tests—but his unusually long stay has sparked a media frenzy, especially after news that he’s had numerous visitors, including his ex-wife. The 92-year-old former South African president has rarely been seen... More »

Letters Show Jailed Mandela's Anguish

Leader's writings released in new memoir

(Newser) - Nelson Mandela sat in a prison cell for 27 years, alone and separated from his family, with not much more to do than write—waves of words documenting his anguish that are now being released in a new memoir, Conversations With Myself. Some excerpts, as per the BBC:
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Frail Nelson Mandela Won't Recreate Walk From Prison

91-year-old taking limited role in South Africa events

(Newser) - Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from a South African prison, but the 91-year-old won’t return to the site of his 27-year incarceration to join in a retracing of his steps to freedom over concerns that he’s too frail for the task. The abrupt... More »

S. African Parliament Elects Zuma

(Newser) - The South African parliament elected Jacob Zuma president today, and the country’s new leader will be inaugurated on Saturday, Reuters reports. Zuma’s ANC routed the opposition in last month’s election, and today’s election was expected. The new president will name a cabinet on Sunday; international watchers... More »

Mandela's Ex Poised for Return to Power

Critics none too pleased by new role for ex-convict Winnie

(Newser) - Placed high on her party’s list of future MPs, Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is set to return to a central role in South Africa’s government, the Guardian reports. Such a position is already sparking controversy surrounding Madikizela-Mandela's past—including a 2003 fraud conviction when she was... More »

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